Tales of the Autobahn - Driving Germany

Written by Jack Smith

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True Tales: Whererepparttar only limits arerepparttar 137389 traffic onrepparttar 137390 road,repparttar 137391 power underrepparttar 137392 hood, andrepparttar 137393 nerves ofrepparttar 137394 driver atrepparttar 137395 wheel.

If I ever get an autograph card printed up, it’s going to be likerepparttar 137396 one I got from Prince Leopold von Bayern. The card depictedrepparttar 137397 amiable heir torepparttar 137398 throne of Bavaria in a bright red, flame-retardant Nomex racing suit, his long blonde hair curling at his collar,repparttar 137399 very picture ofrepparttar 137400 dashing aristocratic sportsman. To giverepparttar 137401 prince his props, it’s more than image. Until a few years agorepparttar 137402 royal scion raced forrepparttar 137403 BMW inrepparttar 137404 German Touring Car Championship Series. Twelve times a year he would drive up to such tracks as Hockenheim, Avus, and Norisring, don his racing outfit, pull on his helmet, belt himself into a BMW M3, and go thundering aroundrepparttar 137405 course at speeds up to 140 miles an hour.

Afterwards he would change in to a tie and jacket and climb into his own BMW M5 forrepparttar 137406 drive home. It is then,repparttar 137407 royal racer explained, that things start moving really fast, becauserepparttar 137408 road he travels isrepparttar 137409 Autobahn. “It’s different fromrepparttar 137410 racecourse, where you have a lot of tight turns to keep you from getting up to top speed,” he said. “The Autobahn is mostly straight, so you can.”

What’s more, he can do it legally. Unlike any other road anywhere inrepparttar 137411 world,repparttar 137412 Autobahn has no prevailing speed limit to discourage you from pressingrepparttar 137413 gas pedal torepparttar 137414 floor and keeping it there whilerepparttar 137415 tachometer nestles deep intorepparttar 137416 red zone andrepparttar 137417 landscape whooshes past in a blur. “In my M5, I usually drive at about 250 kilometers (155 miles) an hour,” he allowed.

Even at this speed he’ll most likely keep an eye onrepparttar 137418 rear view mirror for onrepparttar 137419 Autobahn, there is always something faster coming up behind you. Torepparttar 137420 politically correct, of course,repparttar 137421 idea of unlimited speed is anathema. Butrepparttar 137422 debate is linked to something more fundamental about both sides. Like TV sitcoms,repparttar 137423 American highway system is geared torepparttar 137424 lowest common denominator, with 55 mph speed limits designed to protect motorists from each other and themselves. In Germanyrepparttar 137425 system is designed to accommodate competence rather than incompetence.

One of those who appreciaterepparttar 137426 difference is United Airlines captain James Poste, who travels regularly to Germany to driverepparttar 137427 Ruf Turbo R – a ready-to-race Porsche conversion — he stores in Bavaria.

Actually, says Captain Poste, considering his car’s lightweight body, racing suspension, and 495 hp engine, he’s a model of restraint. “The Ruf factory has testedrepparttar 137428 car at 225 mph, but I haven’t taken it above 195 mph,” he said. Even so, this is hardly dawdling, as it’s about 40 mph faster than takeoff speeds onrepparttar 137429 Boeing 767’s he pilots.

According to Susanne Porsche, whose father-in-law createdrepparttar 137430 eponymous, rear engine sports car, such speeds are as much a matter of culture as horsepower. “There is nothing mystical about it. It’srepparttar 137431 system we’ve grown up with. But Americans think ofrepparttar 137432 Autobahnrepparttar 137433 same way we think about Disneyland . It’s a kind of fantasy.”

Honda 2006 Ridgeline Pickup has Superior Honda Replacement Parts at Parts Train to maintain its Exceptional Performance

Written by Jenny Mc Lane

"The Honda Ridgeline delivers allrepparttar capabilities of a truck with none ofrepparttar 137141 traditional truck trade-offs.," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The Honda Ridgeline isrepparttar 137142 pickup truck segment's first four-wheel, fully independent suspension system combined with an advanced fully automatic four-wheel drive system to "deliver superior ride and handling versus traditional truck designs

It has innovative new truck body construction and steel reinforced composite bed to deliver half-ton hauling capability and 5,000-pound towing. The Ridgeline has a number of exclusive new features including a Dual-Action tailgate andrepparttar 137143 industry's first In-Bed Trunk. The In-Bed Trunk features 8.5 cu.-ft. of secure, lockable and water resistant storage space. The spare tire is stored in a sliding tray insiderepparttar 137144 trunk and can accommodate a full-size spare tire.

Due to its wide bed and minimal wheel arch intrusion,repparttar 137145 Ridgeline can also carry 4-foot wide sheets of building material flat onrepparttar 137146 floor, something no other compact or mid-size truck can do. It has a fully integrated truck frame with two longitudinal frame rails and seven high-strength steel cross members that create a fully boxed, deep channel, ladder frame structure fully integrated intorepparttar 137147 upper body ofrepparttar 137148 vehicle. Body bending rigidity is more than 2.5 times stiffer thanrepparttar 137149 best performing body-on-frame compact truck competitor is and rear torsion rigidity is more than 20 times stiffer.

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